2017 Fast Times, Great Performances – Part 4: Bike (Men)

This post looks at the fastest times and best performances by the men in the bike leg.

Fastest Times

The 2017 season continued the trend of extremely fast bike legs. Andy Starykowicz continues his push towards the first sub-4 bike leg, his 4:01 from Texas is the fastest bike time in an Ironman – a great comeback from his horrific injuries in 2016. Tim Don’s 4:06 from Brasil is the best bike time by an athlete who went on to win the race.

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Andrew Starykowicz 04:01:14 IM Texas on 2017-04-22
2 Tim Don 04:06:56 IM Brasil on 2017-05-28
3 Andrew Starykowicz 04:08:19 IM Louisville on 2017-10-15
4 Mike Phillips 04:09:55 IM Barcelona on 2017-09-30
5 Antony Costes 04:09:58 IM Barcelona on 2017-09-30
6 Sebastian Kienle 04:10:48 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
7 Kirill Kotshegarov 04:11:16 IM Texas on 2017-04-22
8 Lionel Sanders 04:12:03 IM Arizona on 2017-11-19
9 Michael Weiss 04:12:45 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
10 Cameron Wurf 04:12:54 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14

Best Performances

The best bike performance was Cameron Wurf’s new bike course record in Kona – it’s pretty unusual that a Kona bike ride shows up in the fastest overall rides (previous section)!

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Foto: Cam Wurf leading the bike in Kona. Credit: Ingo Kutsche

Andy Starykowicz has three of the best ten bike performances in 2017 (from Louisville, Texas and Wisconsin), Lionel Sanders has two (from Kona and his win at IM Arizona). It’s interesting to note that Cam Wurf’s 4:57 from IM Wales is the seventh best performance – even if it’s almost an hour slower than Starky’s fastest time in Texas!

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Cameron Wurf 04:17:25 04:12:54 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14
2 Lionel Sanders 04:18:51 04:14:19 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14
3 Andrew Starykowicz 04:19:10 04:08:19 IM Louisville on 2017-10-15
4 Sebastian Kienle 04:19:30 04:14:57 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14
5 Andrew Starykowicz 04:19:46 04:01:14 IM Texas on 2017-04-22
6 Tim Don 04:20:35 04:06:56 IM Brasil on 2017-05-28
7 Cameron Wurf 04:23:54 04:57:50 IM Wales on 2017-09-10
8 Andreas Dreitz 04:24:28 04:16:47 IM Italy on 2017-09-23
9 Lionel Sanders 04:24:54 04:12:03 IM Arizona on 2017-11-19
10 Andrew Starykowicz 04:24:58 04:24:08 IM Wisconsin on 2017-09-10

2017 Ratings

With his return to Ironman Racing, Andrew Starykowicz also re-claims the #1 spot in the bike rankings. Even though he has been biking well this season, Sebi has dropped back into second place. With his six(!) Ironman finishes in 2017, Cam Wurf has entered the rankings in third place. Lionel Sanders continues to climb in the rankings, he also had the biggest rating improvement among the top bike riders.

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # IM Races
1 (-) Andrew Starykowicz USA 04:22:26 (n/a) IM Louisville on 2017-10-15 9
2 (1) Sebastian Kienle GER 04:24:29 (-1:49) IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26 16
3 (-) Cameron Wurf AUS 04:25:55 (n/a) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 8
4 (7) Lionel Sanders CAN 04:28:26 (-3:27) IM Arizona on 2017-11-19 8
5 (6) Andi Boecherer GER 04:29:29 (-1:54) IM Germany on 2017-07-09 15
6 (5) Jan Frodeno GER 04:29:34 (-1:31) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 9
7 (2) Dougal Allan NZL 04:31:05 (+0:26) Challenge Roth on 2017-07-09 9
8 (3) Michael Weiss AUT 04:31:10 (+0:25) IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26 19
9 (4) Marino Vanhoenacker BEL 04:32:48 (+1:52) IM Taiwan on 2017-10-01 23
10 (11) Boris Stein GER 04:33:08 (-1:35) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 9
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